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Week 8 Headlines: Pulaski, Fondy, L-C, I-S and Kiel impress

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Pulaski beat Green Bay Preble 42-6 in the Week 8 Game Time Game of the Week. (Doug Ritchay/WLUK)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Week 8 of the football season provided more clarity in conference races and the postseason.

Some teams clinched playoff berths, while others saw their dreams crushed. Furthermore, others clinched conference titles.

With that in mind, here's a look at the Week 8 headilines:

Pulaski rolls Preble

The Game Time Game of the Week was all about Pulaski, which steamrolled Preble 42-6 to stay alive in the Fox River Classic Conference title race. With Bay Port's win over De Pere, Pulaski remains one game behind the Pirates with one game to play. But what this game showed was how good Pulaski can be. It dominated Preble upfront and as coach Jerad Marsh said in pregame, a win over a Division 1 playoff eligible school should help in the Division 2 seeding. This was a big win for the Red Raiders.

Fond du Lac smothers Neenah

Fond du Lac clinched a share of the VFA South with a 49-7 thumping of Neenah. The Cardinals left no doubt they are the class of the VFA South, but this has been going on all season. Take away the 3-point win over Kimberly to start the season and Fondy has won each game by at least 23 points and six of its last seven by at least 41 points. That is domination.

Luxemburg-Casco surprises Wrightstown

Wrightstown was in position to win a second straight North Eastern Conference title outright but Luxemburg-Casco said, "Wait a minute, Tigers." L-C recorded a statement win, 21-0, over Wrightstown, which now trails Little Chute by one game with one to play. Little Chute has clinched a share of its first NEC title and can win it outright next week with a win at Wrightstown. The win is big for the Spartans, who at 5-3 may avoid a bad matchup in Level 1 of the playoffs as next week they play 1-7 Oconto Falls. Assuming a win next week, a 6-3 record is much better than 5-4. Also, this is the first time Wrightstown was shut out since Sept. 23, 2016, a 41-0 loss to, who else? Luxemburg-Casco.

Iola-Scandinavia sets up showdown

The Thunderbirds keep on cruising as they crushed Shiocton 41-6. I-S has won every game by at least 21 points and seven games by at least 32 points. The Thunderbirds have been dominant behind RB Bryce Huettner, who had almost 1,500 rushing yards entering Friday. Now the test comes in Week 9 as the Thunderbirds play at Amherst for the Central Wisconsin-Large title. Amherst's only loss is a non-conference setback to St. Mary's Springs.

Kiel ends conference title drought

Kiel captured its first conference title since 1984 with a 19-14 win over Sheboygan Falls. At 8-0, Kiel is likely in position to receive a No. 1 or 2 seed in the postseason. Of course, beating New Holstein next week will be needed to secure that. The Purple Raiders have come this far in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference and one more win will make it easier to make a deeper run in the postseason.

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